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"I give it up, my little friend," he said, and threw away the reed.

Was there not in the air the thin sound of a reed flute playing a tarantella?

The common practice is to keep them under hand-glasses, but they will thrive better under a reed fence, placed sloping over them.

The man was staggered and the long rod in his hand shook like a reed.

By Eteonicus's orders the answer was set afloat, "because he carried a reed."

But see, his hands are weak, his head is like the niño in the reed basket.

The frail youngster, swaying like a reed, made a low moaning sound.

He shoved some cables into my hand and hastened off to interview Reed.

Stopford likes Reed who is, indeed, a very pleasant fellow to work with.

Wrestled with him for over an hour; Braithwaite doing ditto with Reed.

WORD ORIGIN

"tall, broad-leafed grass growing in wet places," Old English hreod "reed, rush," from Proto-Germanic *kreut- "reed" (cf. Old Saxon hraid, Old Frisian hriad, Middle Dutch ried, Dutch riet, Old High German hriot, German Ried), with no known cognates beyond Germanic.

Meaning "musical pipe made from a reed stem" is from late 14c. (reed-pipe is from c.1300). As part of the mouthpiece of a musical instrument it is attested from 1520s. Meaning "a reed instrument" is from 1838.

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